This story about the US Democrats, and specifically the Obama campaign, and their strategy based on small, autonomous campaign groups working from a honking gurt database of voters, hooks into something I've been thinking recently; in all kinds of fields, it's all about big enabling systems that small autonomous organisations can benefit from. This is some of the thinking we're using at Telco 2.0.
Compare this story on the US Army's monster computer project that is meant to do everything and make your brews while quietly optimising the genome of passing dogs, or something along those lines; I'm not sure whether it's doomed because it includes over 63.7 million lines of code, or whether it's doomed because they reckon counting lines is a sensible metric at the level of the whole project. "Code is not produced, it is spent", as they say.
This Hit & Run post gives me the feeling that Rudy Giuliani's campaign may have been the last great TV politics campaign, the direct opposite of the kind of thing discussed in the first link; buying votes with junkmail and ad spending.